Tim Hundley Returns To UCLA

Feb. 23, 2009

Tim Hundley, who has a long association with UCLA head football coach Rick Neuheisel, has rejoined the UCLA football staff, Neuheisel announced today. Hundley will coach the secondary along with Carnell Lake.

The new Bruin assistant spent seven seasons on Neuheisel's staffs at Colorado and Washington and both were assistants together at UCLA for four seasons.

'Tim is an outstanding coach,' Neuheisel said. 'Having been a coordinator for much of his career, he is well-versed in all areas of defense. He has also spent 19 years as an assistant at Pac-10 schools and is an aggressive, successful recruiter. He is a great fit for our defensive staff.'

This past season, Hundley served as Assistant Head Coach/Defense at SMU. He spent the previous four years (2004-07) as UTEP's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at the University of Texas - El Paso.

In 2007, UTEP ranked 17th in the nation in turnover ratio at plus-nine and placed two players on the All-C-USA squad. During his four-year stint, he led Miner players to a total of 10 All-Conference honors and one Defensive Player of the Year award. In 2005, Hundley was recognized by Scouts, Inc., as one of five coordinators nationally with the 'best head-coaching potential.'

Hundley, 57, has coached in 10 bowl games, including two Rose Bowls, and groomed 14 players who moved on to the National Football League, including Marquis Cooper (Seattle), Thomas Howard (Oakland), Michael Lewis (49ers), UCLA alum Ryan Neufeld (Buffalo Bills), Alex Obomese (Dallas) and Zach West (New England). In addition, Hundley recruited six players who garnered All-America honors at the collegiate level - David Kilson (Nevada), Andre Gurode (Colorado), Micheal Lewis (Colorado), Cade McNown (UCLA), Sam Merriman (Idaho) and Jamir Miller (UCLA). He has also served as coordinator for two Coach of the Year selections - Dave Kragthorpe of Oregon State (Pac-10) in 1989 and Mike Price of UTEP (AFCA Region Four) in 2004.

Hundley's coaching resume includes 18 years as a defensive coordinator - two at Clackamas Community College (1975-76), one at Idaho (1979), six at Oregon State (1984-89), five at Washington (1998-03) and four at UTEP.

Hundley served as the defensive coordinator at Washington under Neuheisel from 1999-02, and as co-defensive coordinator for the Huskies in 2003. He tutored the outside linebackers from 1999-02 before overseeing the entire linebacking corps in 2003. He also supervised the punt coverage unit during his final season with the Huskies.

He began his coaching career in 1974 as a graduate assistant at Western Oregon State, his alma mater. He went on to stints at Clackamas Community College (1975-76), Idaho (1977-79) and Nevada (1980-81). In 1978, he coached the running backs at Idaho, marking the only time in his coaching career that he has spent time on the offensive side of the ball.

In 1982, he began a long-running association with the Pac-10 Conference. He worked at Oregon State for eight years before enjoying six seasons (1990-95) at UCLA as inside linebackers coach and, in the latter three years, special teams coordinator. The 1993 staff also included Neuheisel, offensive line coach Bob Palcic and running backs coach Wayne Moses.

Following three years on Neuheisel's staff at Colorado (1996-98), he followed Neuheisel to Washington.

Hundley was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame after an All-America football career at Western Oregon State. He was a three-time All-Conference selection in college. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Western Oregon State in 1974, and added a master's degree in education from Idaho in 1978.

An Oregon native, Hundley lettered in football, baseball and basketball at Forest Grove High School. He and his wife, Pam, have two sons, Jake and Nick. Nick was a catcher on the Arizona baseball team that reached the 2004 College World Series. He is currently a member of the San Diego Padres. Jake is a graduate student in engineering at UCLA.

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